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Poster: The_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Aug 5, 2012 3:25am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Two of the earliest "Black" series have no surviving episodes

"Elder Michaux" (1948-1949)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0257302/

"The Hazel Scott Show" (1950-1950)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324844/

The first sitcom to feature an African-American in a regular role (a maid) was "The Laytons", which also has no preserved episodes:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0438714/

I can only hope some private collector has an episode of Hazel Scott's series.

The only chance of seeing "The Laytons" is if the TV signals are still floating out in space, and some friendly aliens help us recover them.

On another note, nothing survives of the first TV series starring an Asian-American:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043202/